overdrive

noun over·drive \ ˈō-vər-ˌdrīv \
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

Definition of overdrive

1 : an automotive transmission gear that transmits to the drive shaft a speed greater than engine speed
2 : a state of heightened activity
  • going into rhetorical overdrive

Examples of overdrive in a Sentence

  1. He put the car into overdrive.

  2. His acting career is in overdrive.

  3. The reporters went into overdrive to finish their stories on time.

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First Known Use of overdrive

1926

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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OVERDRIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of overdrive for English Language Learners

  • : a gear in an automobile that allows it to be driven at higher speeds

  • : a state of great activity especially in order to achieve something


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